In Japan, tucked away inside the remote woodlands of the Kansai region's Mie Prefecture, is a lonely, mysterious statue of Sonic the Hedgehog riding a snowboard. That's a good enough story in itself, you're surely thinking, but it gets better.
According to Polygon, some of the earliest photographs of the statue date back to 2009, although its popularity and fame have grown in recent years thanks to its appearance in a number of YouTube videos. The history behind the statue and its reason for being plonked on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere has confused fans for some time now, and the condition of the statue has been slowly deteriorating.
The weather hasn't been kind to Sonic, slowly but surely ruining his glorious blue coat, and several years ago his nose was smashed off. Now, though, in circumstances just as mysterious as his original appearance, he's been completely restored with a new nose and a fantastic makeover.
So, seriously, where did the statue come from in the first place? Well, the best answer we have so far comes from fansite Sonic Stadium, who says that "the statue once belonged to an official SEGA World theme park, a few towns away from its current location. Sonic was purchased by a group of local farmers and industrialists who live nearby, and he has been living in the woods for around 10-15 years."
Assuming this is true, does this mean that these local farmers are also responsible for Sonic's new glow-up? We can't really imagine a group of locals working day and night to give Sonic a much-needed sparkle, but who knows?
If you're interested in learning more about the Sonic statue's history, feel free to check out this video below.
Before restoration the statue looks like scary abandoned statue. 😕
Pretty sure M2 did that.
That statue is pretty cool! I like how it is IceCap themed. Wouldn't mind a miniature version I could buy myself...
The other day I was walking home from school. I don't know why, but i decided to take a shortcut through the woods. As i was walking through the deep thicket, i heard a voice call out to me. It was faint, i couldn't make out the words. It didnt sound like the noise of the local fawna, and the wind made no whisper. I continued walking, when i heard the voice once more. It sounded much closer, "...otta.........ast" is all I could make of it. I wanted to make it home as quickly as possible......but a strange force compelled me to walk deeper into the forest. I don't know what came over me, this urge wasn't natural. I felt a burning sensation in my chest that got stronger the deeper into the woods i got. The voice struck again, ".....our too......ow" the voice was becoming much clearer. I felt consumed by fear as the air around me grew thicker, the trees became darker. I desperately wanted to leave, but I couldn't. My mind pleaded to leave, but my body pushed onward. Finally, my body stopped. My vision had become blurred, the pain in my chest unbearable. I fell to my knees in utter weakness. tried with all my might to focus on what was infront of me, it looked like a blue blur. Finally, the voice spoke once more. It was but a whisper in my ear, a faint yet powerful voice. "Gotta go feeeeeeaaaaaassssssst". My vision finally became clear, i finally saw the source of that voice. What laid before me was...................
@Yanina hm, that explains why the statue can do the drop dash from Sonic Mania...
Much like his game series, it withers when not treated with TLC.
wow that's a shiny boi
@GX_64 I thought it was based on Sonic Adventure 2, level 1!
Anyhow I prefer the statue before the restoration. It looked more organic and natural alongside the trees.
The statue was restored.. or just a photo was photoshopped??
Why the hell there is no video after the restoration?
It is great it is restored but honestly how can you justify an 8 and 13 minute video of a before and after since there is no real context? Seriously pictures were fine.
Obviously, that's a hoverboard, not a snowboard...
Something about this story just tugs at your heart strings, doesn't it?
If true, these farmers are awesome.
So, a random Sonic statue...
Any hope my hometown will just get a random statue of Joker?
@Maulbert I snickered harder at this than I should have.
@ThanosReXXX I'm gonna show yoooooou, Sonic!
@Yanina You win the Internet today. Well done.
@GX_64 first 4 figures says hello they have like 50 of them
@Wilforce if true google is your friend
@MeowMeowKins this statue has been around for decades not random
@NintendoPok it's still random, no? Just because something has been around for a while doesn't mean it's still random. I went to a town, and just saw a statue of a canoe, no explanation. It said the date of it being built was 1963. Around for decades, but it's still random.
@NintendoPok Taking it a little personal don't you think? Not sure what internet cool points you're aiming for, but perhaps Reddit may be more your thing.
I mean...it’s beautiful.
I remember hearing that Sega were looking into restoring the statue, so it might have been Sega themselves.
YAAAAY! We did it guys!
I'm pretty sure sega rolled in there, replaced the statue with a new version they made (having all the plans and material), took the old one back.
I actually lived in the Mie Prefecture back in 2013-2014. I lived in a little town called Kuwana that had a Sega Arcade next to a karaoke bar, and next to the best damn curry restaurant I’ve ever ate at (Kathmandu). Where was this at exactly?
@Zidentia It explained where it came from and also mentions that many wanted it restored, which would explain the "mysterious" restoration.
I see it is more of a button nose than before. Looks better that way tbf.
Yes but I gathered all of that from reading the article which took 30 seconds not 8 minutes.
@Zidentia The video mentions that it was bought by one family, though. So the information is different. Also, the article doesn't have info about the restoration campaign.
@Jayofmaya The original article mentions all of this and more and again it is a 30 second read.
@Zidentia Thought you meant the nintendolife article
No, sorry if I wasn't clear that is was about the videos specifically and not the NL article. Thanks
@Zidentia No worries, I see your point now. (Y)
It looks very shiny now, but the withered one had its charm.
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